American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Le Corbusier Pseudonym of Charles Édouard Jeanneret. 1887-1965. Swiss-born French architect and writer. The most powerful advocate of the modernist school, he designed numerous functional concrete buildings and high-rise residential complexes.
- n. French architect (born in Switzerland) (1887-1965)
“The city was surrounded by a greenbelt, and taking a page from Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier included a ring of suburban “garden cities” on the periphery during his youthful travels he had lived in a Gartenstädte on the outskirts of Berlin.”
“Le Corbusier called the large apartment, with two floors and an outdoor roof terrace, an “apartment-villa,” since it combined the attributes of a house with high-rise living.”
“She reserved her greatest scorn for Le Corbusier and the Radiant City.”
“By this time, Le Corbusier had established a small architecture firm in partnership with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and built several villas in and around Paris.”
“That they were eventually called into question is due in no small part to the influence of a single person, Jane Jacobs, who must be accorded equal footing with Charles Mulford Robinson, Ebenezer Howard, and Le Corbusier as a seminal figure in twentieth-century American urbanism.”
“In fact, his pavilion was sponsored by the motor car company of a famous aeronautical pioneer, Gabriel Voisin, and while the exhibition organizers were distinctly unenthusiastic about his didactic display material, Le Corbusier had the backing of a government minister, Anatole de Monzie, to whom he had been introduced by Gertrude Stein.”
“The public exchange with Le Corbusier stimulated Wright to publish a short book titled The Disappearing City.9 In it he elaborated on the themes of his Princeton lecture and Times article and elucidated a key principle: “We are going to call this city for the individual the Broadacre City because it is based upon a minimum of an acre to the family.””
““No funds were available, no site was forthcoming, and the Organizing Committee of the Exhibition refused to allow the scheme I had drawn up to proceed,” he later explained in his characteristically melodramatic fashion.43 Le Corbusier liked to portray himself as a reviled outsider.”
“Thus roof terraces, two-story apartments, and “villas in the sky” were well established in New York City years before Le Corbusier proposed them in the Radiant City.”
“Le Corbusier never mentioned Ebenezer Howard, but he was critical of the sort of picturesque planning espoused by Raymond Unwin, which he derided as a “glorification of the curved line and a specious demonstration of its unrivalled beauties.””
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